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God in the Unexpected

Today’s Reflection

I FIND GOD in the unexpected,
the unexpected places
where I least expect to find
the presence of the Living God.

It is in these unlikely places
that the undeniable sense of
holy-overwhelming arrests my attention.

I find God in the unexpected,
the unexpected times
when I would rather
wallow around in the muddle of my mind
and rehash old, unresolved issues.

God pierces through the wall of my wailing
and shines glory on my being
so I can see a new path,
a new direction,
a new purpose.

I find God in the unexpected,
in people whose lives seem so fractured.
Yet they, like shards of a mirror,
reflect the image of God so clearly
and profoundly
that God becomes flesh again.

I find God in the unexpected,
those situations that seemed trivial:
a passing comment,
a line from a movie,
an image on a screen.
Serendipity turns spiritual in unguarded moments
because God chooses to speak to me
through the unexpected.

I find God in the unexpected.
Slowly, I’m beginning to learn
to expect God – in the unexpected.
– Kwasi Kena

The Africana Worship Book, Year C

From pages 56-57 of The Africana Worship Book, Year C, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2008 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for God in unexpected places today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.

The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'”

Exodus 16:11-12, NRSV

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This week we remember:  
Hildegard of Bingen
(September 17).

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  • robert moeller September 16, 2014, 3:14 am

    This very definitely is a challenge for me even though I know God is always present everywhere. I look for God in my son as he tries to heal a blemish on his face. I look for God as Mom struggles with dementia. I look for God in reconciliation between people. I look for God in crazy dreams that make me feel uneasy and not rested. Lord, if we look for You, search for You, knock at Your door, we will find You. Strengthen our faith to keep searching.

    Guide us too, Lord, to reconcile, restore, and strengthen weakened or broken friendships. Lord, we need You all the time. Help us always to depend on You. In Your name, Lord, I pray. Amen.

    Thank You, Lord, for the blessings You bestow upon us, food to eat, clothes to wear, a place to live and sleep, the ability to help others, communicate with others and pray to You.

  • robert moeller September 16, 2014, 3:25 am

    Yes, Carol, I was very happy to read of your daughter’s wedding. The setting, your feeling of God’s presence, the results of cooperation between you and your daughter, the joy of the day, and fellowship with others made it a very special, as it should be, day. Thank you for sharing.

  • Jill September 16, 2014, 3:26 am

    Most of my “experiencing God” moments have been in unexpected times and ways. While I can sit quietly and wait upon the Lord, His Grace is generally not on my time table.
    Father – I don’t always appreciate Your unpredictability, so I pray – “increase my faith”. Thank You for not conforming to what I think You should be. You are Other – might I appreciate and respect that more.

  • Betsy September 16, 2014, 5:51 am

    So many times I find God in the questions, nudges and comments that come from my young students. Their quickness to forgive and to love unconditionally sometimes takes my breath. I hope to be always open to your presence.

    Lord, I lift up to you a first grader at our school, Zeke. His mother passed away on Sunday from a long bout with brain cancer. Surround him with your love and comfort as he learns to live without his mother. Help us as a staff to know how to minister to this family at this time. Amen

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